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Posted on: 8/27/06 6:48 PM
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I actually enjoy tracing my Burda magazine patterns. It's interesting to see the shapes and how they fit together. But then there is the tedious adding of the seam allowance to all the pieces. I had to find a quick and painless way to do this dreaded chore!

First I trace the patterns using sturdy tracing paper that is really easy to see through.
Then I place the traced patterns face down on a large sheet of transfer paper (dressmaker carbon) and use the double tracing wheel to mark a seam allowance. One wheel I keep on the seam line and other wheel marks the seam allowance.
The result is this.

Transfer paper can be found at Greenberg and Hammer.

The method is quick enough to keep me happily tracing patterns. The transfer paper works well for marking fabrics so this would work with the swedish tracing paper or pattern ease too. I do wish there was a better double tracing wheel around, the Clover one is a bit wonky to use. Any thoughts on that?

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carolbee said... (4/21/12 10:23 PM) Reply
Does Greenberg and Hmmer have one?
Winifred said... (9/10/08 5:15 PM) Reply
I just add the seam allowances as I cut out the pieces ! Is there anything wrong with this approach - I'd be glad to hear. It works well for me and simplifies the whole thing.
morazan said... (8/29/06 12:04 PM) Reply
A newbie question for you: does this dressmaker's carbon wash off the fabric? I.e. can I use it for marking darts and such?
Sewliz said... (8/29/06 8:06 AM) Reply
The transfer paper is from Greenberg and Hammer, where the link goes for that item above. I agree that the double pencil type thing is a quick way to trace and add seam allowance, but I often trace to check the pattern shapes and alter before I add seam allowance.
librarylady said... (8/28/06 7:21 PM) Reply
I tried this today and it works beautifully. Many thanks.
Reyna said... (8/28/06 4:59 PM) Reply
I'm new at this and am planning to trace a ready-to-wear garment onto tracing paper I bought two days ago. Through your question and others responses, I learned to double a pencil when tracing...THANK YOU!
Brine said... (8/28/06 1:58 PM) Reply
Sewliz, Sullivans makes a seam tracer that consists of two pencils joined top and bottom (they are inserted in holes in a plastic holder) that allow you to add a 5/8" seam allowance. I have used it, and it does work satisfactorily, although you do have to be careful that the penc il that adds the seam allowance is kept parallel to the pattern edge to keep the seam allowance width constant. It does, however allow you to trace your pattern and add the seam allowance in one step.
OP Gal said... (8/28/06 11:46 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip, especially the part about the double tracing wheel.
SouthernStitch said... (8/28/06 10:53 AM) Reply
Where can you get the dressmaker's carbon?
Sewliz said... (8/28/06 8:24 AM) Reply
I got the double wheel at Greenberg and Hammer when I got the transfer paper. It is a Clover double tracing wheel, I had written Dritz in the tip but fixed my error. I see that and have them. I like Clover tools usually, I just wish this one was a little nicer to use.
Nancywin said... (8/28/06 0:30 AM) Reply
I read someone else's tip about rubberbanding 2 pencils together with a shim of cardboard between them to get the desired width. Where did you get the wheel? I've been looking for a double wheel. Nancy's notions used to carry them, but not any more.
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